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In distributed applications, the transmission of non-contiguous data structures is greatly slowed down by the need to serialize them into a buffer before sending. We describe Compact Normal Forms, an API that allows programmers to explicitly place immutable heap objects into regions, which can both be accessed like ordinary data as well as efficiently transmitted over the network. The process of placing objects into compact regions (essentially a copy) is faster than any serializer and can bedoi:10.1145/2784731.2784735 dblp:conf/icfp/YangCAEKN15 fatcat:dwa65ay7dffkhbe5ajn5d3owo4